Have I Given Up On Travelling?

Honestly, this post was so hard to write. My thoughts are all over the place and I apologise.

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I’ve had this blog post idea for a long time now. It’s been on my list of ‘topics to write on’ for months.

The original title was “I gave up on travelling.” But I decided to change it. Why?

Who I was months ago had a different perspective and mindset when she wrote that title. Who I am now has gone through a lot of post-graduation thoughts about the future… and some kind of epiphany about who, where, how I want to be.

Back then, even though I didn’t seem like it, I was against travelling as a student, unless you could afford it, i.e. your parents are freaking tolerant about you spending their money (mine aren’t).

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Am I Even Mauritian?

This is a list of why I don’t feel like I’m Mauritian.

The Beach

I’ve lived in front of a waterfront and within 10-15 minutes from a beautiful beach for 19 years, and frankly, I don’t miss it. I haven’t been to a beach for more than a year, and I don’t care. That’s also why I’ve never been interested into travelling to ‘beach’ islands around Malaysia.

Language

The most common language Mauritians use to communicate with one another is Mauritian Creole. But my mum conditioned me to only speak French; she used to scold me if I spoke Creole when I was young. I do understand Creole and people do talk to me in Creole, but I always reply back in French. I just can’t bring myself to speak the Mauritian dialect.

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Why I Don’t Like Parties

I’m a student living abroad on my own, and I don’t like to party.

I have no curfew, no parental restrictions, and I’m allowed to drink. I still don’t enjoy partying.

Let me give you the definition of ‘party’ at university (at least in my circle), to clear things up: clubbing. Dressing up and then getting drunk (preferably before going to the clubbing area—a whole row of loud bars and clubs), and then hopping a few clubs before finding one that you and your friends really like, I guess?—and finally go home with a hangover in the early hours of the morning.

But of course, everyone’s definition of ‘partying’ is different. For me, going clubbing used to be: dressing up as if you were going to a fancy dinner, drinking, dancing (this was actually our favourite part) and finally going home.

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I’ve Changed—Ever Since I Got Into Street Dance

In a nutshell, I’ve changed from this girl:

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…to that girl:

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I wouldn’t say that they are completely different from each other, but I would say that the transition from one to another made me rediscover who I really wanted to be, or how I really wanted to portray myself to the world.

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The 4 Core Values I Stand For

On Friday 17th February, I completed my internship at Mossery, a stationery brand startup that crafts beautiful customisable planners, sketchbooks and notebooks to the world. However, what I really found special about the company was its huge emphasis on nurturing and communicating values.

Throughout the 2 months and a half (or so) period I was there, I eventually started thinking about my own values. Everyone has a set of values they live by, but I was never really conscious of mine before. Finally, after some deep soul-searching, I figured out 4 core values that I’ve been following pretty much my whole life. And I’m sharing them here, in the hopes that you too will be inspire to look for your own.

1. Ancora imparo.

I am still learning. Okay, so it’s funny but this is the slogan of Monash university, which is basically how I discovered that beautiful, empowering yet humble phrase. At core, we, as human beings, will never cease to learn. If we want to grow, we have to keep on learning.

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The 8 [Asian] Things I’m Thankful For

I binge-watched Fresh Off the Boat for this Chinese New Year, and it’s actually the first sitcom that I’ve dedicated myself to (i.e. I’m not missing any episodes and I’m collecting all of them on my drive – I’ve never done that, nope, not even for Friends). Why? Because I can 100% relate to it! They’re an Asian family – I’m Asian! Despite being on the other side of the world, we end up sharing the same values, values that I’m constantly reminded of during Chinese New Year.

Therefore, today, I’d like to briefly share with you 8 (Asian) things I’m thankful for, on this new year:

  1. The importance of always having grandma-delicious Chinese home-cooked food in the house.
  2. Being money-minded, a.k.a. saving money, finding the best deals.
  3. Being encouraged to do your best; aim to excel at what you do.
  4. Having a loving extended family.
  5. The ‘show, don’t tell’ attitude, especially when it comes to love.
  6. The importance of hard work, because you gotta work to get what you want.
  7. Our rich, though very superstitious, culture.
  8. Our privilege: my ancestors have immigrated for our generations to live a better life and we should never forget that.

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*Frankly, I’ve been putting off writing this post since Sunday. It was supposed to be a long and meaningful post, but I ended up writing it as a short and sweet one. I think that my CNY holidays have given me ample time to reflect… and I guess I’m currently fighting my own battles. Maybe to be explained in a future post.*

Enjoy the rest of the week! Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year of the Rooster!

An Evil Nymph.

I Will Miss Campus Life

Last weekend, I met up with my university friends, both on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday our meeting point was at the campus itself. And after spending such enjoyable days with them, I realised that I will miss this after I graduate.

I will miss my student life on campus. I will miss the late nights I spend with my friends, living on the cheap. I will miss the feeling of walking to school. I will miss all of it. 

I have only one semester left. I’m graduating in July this year… and I might not be turning back. Which means that I might not pursue a Honours year/4th year, because I might prefer to work first and then do a Masters later on, probably somewhere else, somewhere new. After this, I am, most likely, moving on.

Nevertheless, with a heavy heart.

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